|Anna is holding her ticket in this photo.|
Anna loved the first part of the tour which involved riding up a steep hill in an open vehicle, going through bank safe quality doors, entering the warm and humid cavern, and being misted from three sides. The mist helps replace the water our dry skin and clothes steal from the air and washes off or entraps any lint, etc. that might be tempted to fall off in the delicate environment of the cavern. They say the cavern is so humid that any foreign objects mold over very quickly and become unrecognizable, and that isn't good for the cave. They hose the pathways at the end of each day.
The tour we went on is completely wheelchair accessible and was a very easy walk. Kartchner Caverns is 90% "alive." The formations are still growing. They are growing slowly, but water is still making its way through and creating the beautiful stalagmites, stalactites, soda straws, and other formations. I love seeing the glossy smoothness of the moist rock.
Anna's natural nap time fell smack-dab in the middle of the tour, so she started to get a bit fussy. Okay, very fussy. We tried just about everything to get her to calm down -- playing with her, funny faces, taking her out of the sling carrier, handing her to her daddy and then back to me, pointing at the lights in an attempt to fool her into smiling for a "camera..." That last one worked wonders and she pasted a fake smile on her face for about the ten seconds it took to figure out that, no, her picture was not being taken. Finally, in a last attempt to keep us on the tour, (since they will ask loud babies and their parents to leave) I nursed Anna discreetly while continuing to walk the tour. She fell right asleep, and our fellow tourists sang her praises as we exited the cave at the end of the tour. They told us what a good baby we have. With a sleeping baby in my arms, there was no way I was going to argue.